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PTC's Ethical Framework

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This ethical framework for Play, Creative Arts and Filial Therapies, provides a number of benefits for practitioners of play therapy, as compared to the traditional code of ethics approach. It is also applicable to play therapy research, the use of therapeutic play skills and the management of the delivery of these services within organisations. It is intended to inform the practice of each member of PTC.
The framework is closely based upon the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethical Framework, originally adapted and extended by PTUK for the special needs of working with children. In using much of the text of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Ethical Framework.  PTC and PTUK acknowledge BACP’s authorship and copyright properties under the Berne Convention and expresses thanks for BACP’s permission and help.   The framework has also been developed in conjunction with Play Therapy International (PTI) to encourage unified standards of practice in all countries.

The ethical framework is one component of PTCs ethical system - the other three being the PTC Register of Certified Practitioners, the Professional Conduct Practice procedures (embodying a public complaints procedure) and Clinical Governance requirements.

The complete PTC Ethical Framework may be downloaded as a MS Word file

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  • Recognises that ethical decisions often have to be based on situations that are not always 'black and white'.  Avoids being bound by a rigid 'book of rules'.
  • Takes account that therapeutic play and play therapy are being used increasingly in complex, multi-agency situations where there may be conflicting priorities and ethical decision criteria.
  • Provides greater flexibility of ethical decision taking for therapists and clinical supervisors.
  • Places greater responsibility upon the therapist.
  • Recognises that individuals may legitimately come to different ethical decisions concerning the same circumstances.
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